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TWENTIETH' YEAH. OMARA. THURSDAY MOKNINQ ,
AUGUST 7. 1890. 50.
ELECTROCUTION OF IffiffllER.
Seutcnco of the Law Visited Upon Tillie
Zslgler's ' Murderer.
SICKENING SPECTACLE WITNESSED ,
Ballvn I'loUH from ills IMoiitli ,
'Heaves and u
In IllH Tlm > atlis
the
Afiifns , N , Y. , Antfust 0. With n short ,
elmrp shoclc , painless so far ns the \vorld will
over know , tbo soul of William Kcmmlcr was
separated from his body at (1:10 ( : this morning.
The cap was adjusted to the head ot the man
bound captive In the strange looking chair ;
'ho lever was ( middy swung around the arc
of the semi-circle ; n quick convulsion , a sud
den revival of muscular action ; another turn
of the lever ; a pause , u room filled with the
sickening fumes of burning llesh , and twen
ty-seven witnesses of tlio ilrst elcetricldo In
history knew that the death of Tlllio.leglcr
had boon avenged In law and the crime of
William ICcinmler expiated , so far as human
hands could force Its o.xpliition.
\Vlillo Warden Pursiton could have found
hnndredi of willing substitutes , for any ono
of the twcnty-sovcu witnesses the law bad
compelled him to call In , It Is safe to say that
no ouo of the twenty-seven found any pleas
ure in the spectacle.
NO II.M.O OH .MVSTI'.IIV.
The effort to surround tlio affair with a
halo of mystery sucii us the law Tontein-
plntcd was not altogether successful. The
4' outer world did not know the exact hour
which had been ilxed for the event , built
Icnow the llino approximately and the little
assembly of loiterers at the gate of the prison
before dawn this morning was fjood evidence
that the interest in the event wa * keen nnd
general. Besides these curiosity seekers , UN
active , anxious corps of newspaper reporters
gathered in the broad road hi front of the
prison grounds and waited for the signal that
would tell them that the execution was over.
At B o'clock this morning there was a
r.ipplni ; at room doors mid a general awaken
ing throughout the hotels in Auburn. Warden
Uurston had left a ipilct "cull" for his wit
nesses and they were ordered to report at the
prison at ( J o'clock. Hy 0:20 all were present
nnd seated In a little circle around the exe
cution chamber waiting for the appearance
of tlio warden and his charge.
TIII : COXDIIMNM ; ! ) MAX AITKAHI.
At (5 ( : i ! ( ) the door at the right ot the execu
tion chair leading toward the execution room
opened and Warden Uurston appeared. Ho-
liind him walked a spruce looking , broad
shouldered little man , with a full board nnd
dressed In u suit of new clothing and a white
hhlrt whoso polished front was exposed di
rectly below a little bow of lawn. This was
William ICcinmler , ths man wtio was nboutto
undergo tbo sentence of death. Behind him
walked Dr. Hough ton and Chaplain yules.
Kcmnilor was the coolest man in the party.
Ho did not look ubout the room with any sp"cial
degree of interest , lie hesitated as the door
was closed behind him and Ipckcd by the nu
tcmlant on the other side , uu though he did
not know exactly what to do.
A wooden chulr was placed lit 1'ront and a
little to the right of the execution chair , fac
ing a little circle of men. ICemmlor sat down
composedly , looking about him and then up
and down without any evidence of fear or of
especial interest in the event. Ho looked , if
anything' , as though ho was rather pleased
at bolng the center of Interest.
Ki.MMiin's : : LAST snncir. :
After ho had been seated the warden said :
"Now , gentlemen , this is William Ivommlor.
I have warned lilin that ho has got to die , and
If he has { jot anything to say ho will say It. "
As the warden finished ICommler looked up
nnd sidd , in u high keyed voice , without any
hesitation and as though he hud prepared
himself with a speech :
' Well , I wish everyone gooa luck In this
world , and I think 1 am going to a good place ,
and the papers nnvo been saying a lot of stuft
n. " that Isn't so. That's all 1 have got to any. "
Tlin .IWl'L'l , I'llUPAIIATIUNS.
With the conclusion of his speech ho turned
his buck to the jury , took off his coat and
handed It to the warden. This disclosed the
fact that a hole had been cut from the band
of bis trousers dwn so as to expose the base
of bis spine. Iveminlcr then sat down la the
electric chair us quietly ns though ho was
sitting down to dinner. The warden stood on
the right and George Vierllng of Albany on
the left. They Immediately began to adjust the
straps around ICoimnler's body , the con
demned man holding up his arms so as to
give them every assistance. When tlio
straps were adjusted about the body , the
nrnis were fastened down and then the war
den reached over nnd parted ICemmlor's feat
so ns to bring his legs near the legs of the
chair.
chair.Wldlo
Wldlo the straps vveiw being arranged ,
Kenmiler said to the warden and his assis
tants : "Take your time ; don't bo la u hurrv.
Bo mire that everything is all right , "
Two or three times ho repeated these
phrases. Durston reassured him with the
remark that it would not hurt him and that
ho ( Uurston ) would bo with him all through ,
Till : LAST TOUCHES.
But it was not fear that ICcinmler felt. It
was rather a certain prldp in the exactness of
the experiment. He seemed to have grantor
interest in its success than those who made
the preparations for It nnd who were watch
ing Its progress to its final conclusion. When
the straps had been adjusted to the body and
limb. ? , tliu warden placed his liaiuls on
Kennulcr's head and
adjusted the rubber cap
with a saturated spongo. The warden then
took in his hand a leather harness to adjust It
to the licad of the condemned. It was a 111112-
zlo of broad leather straps\.hlch went across
Hiu forehead and chin of the man la the
duilr. The top strap pressed down mrulnst
thonosoof ICemmlcr until it was flattened
down slightly over Ills face.
BVr.llVTIIIXO AM. ItlOIIT.
Warden Durston turned to the assembled
doctors when ho had finished these things
umlsuid :
"Do the doctors say it is all right ? '
At the warden's question Dr. Fell stepped
forward with a-loug syringe lu his liniidiind
quickly wet till the two sponges which were
at the clectmloa--ono on top of head and the
other nt , the huso of the spine. The water
which ho put on then was Impregnated with
salt. Ur. Spitxka answered the warden's
question with u sharp "All right ! " which
was echoed by the other- , about him ,
"Uondy , " bald Durctou again , and then ,
"Good bye. "
Ho stepped to the door nnd through the
opening said In MIIIIO one in the next room ,
but to whom will probably never be known
with certainty :
"Kverytldn ; , ' Is ready , "
TIII : riTAi.cniiinx-r.
Almost immedtutelv 'there was a response ,
and us the stop wat < tics In the bunds of seine
of the wltnessos registered 0:4:1) : , ' , the elec
tric current was turned on.
There was a sudden convulsion of the
fnmio in the chair. A spasm went over It
fiMui bead to foot , coutlned by straps and
Bprluga that held It llrmly so that no limb dr
other parts of the bodv stirred more than u
sitiull fraction of aiv. inch from Its resting
place. The twitching that tliu muselcj of the
raw undei went jruvo it for u moment an ex-
invasion of [ Kiln , hut no cry ermo fiiom tlio
lips and no unund cu no forth to suggest that
01 msclousne.ss lasted nioro than an infinitesi
mal fraction of a second.
The boay ivm Incl in thlsrlg'd position for
veven seconds , U'ho Jury and witnesses , who
remained seated up to tills moment , came
hurriedly forward and surrounded thoeb.ilr.
There was no movement of the body beyond
that first convulsion.
i.irr. KTII.I. i.iN'nnuKD ,
As tlio tenth second expired Dr. Spitzka
cried out , "Stop ! "
The warden stepped to the doorwnv and
called out "Stop , to the men nt the lover.
As the electric current was "Unit off there
was a slight relaxation of the body In the
clinlr.
The quiet llttlo . group around
the chair became businesslike.
3)rs. ) Spitzkn and McDonald declared him
dead and the ro t of the witnesses nodded
their acquiescence. There WHI no question
In the mind of nay ono but that the stiff , up
right object before them was de.id. The body
was Just about to bo taken out of the chair
when 'Dr. Hatch , who was examining It , said :
"Dr. McDonald , see that rupture. "
In a moment KpltzKn and McDonald had
bent over unit were looking where Dr. Hatch
was pointing n little red spot on the hand
that roiled on the right arm of the chair.
The Index linger of the hand had curved
backward us the muscles contracted nnd hud
scraped a small hole hi the skin at the base
of the thumb on the b.iekof thchend. There
was not id ng strange In this nloue , but what
was strange was that the llttlo rupture was
bleeding.
A SHCOXI ) Al'I'UCATIO.V.
" ' /'urn the current on instantly. This man
Is not dead ! " cried Dr. Sjiltzka.
Faces grew white and forms fell back trom
the chair. Warden Durstdn sprang to thu
doorway and c.ded , "turn on tlio current : "
Hut tlio current could not bo turned on.
When the signal to stop had como the opera
tor had pressed u llttlo button which gave n
sign to the engineer to stop the dynamo. Tbo
dynamo was almost nt a stand still. Tliu
operator sprang to the button and gnvo n
quick signal.
A Mosinxr OP itoiiiion.
Thcio was a rapid response , but quick as It
was , it win not quick enough tostopthnsigns
of what may or may not have been reviving
consciousness. As the group of horror-stricken
witnesses stood helplessly by , all eyes ilxed
on thu chair , ICeiinnlcr's ' lips began to
drip Hplttlo and in a moment more
his chest began to heave , nnd from his mouth
came u wheezing sound , ( jiiickenlng with
every roipiratlon , If respiration it was.
There was no voice but that of the warden -
don crying to the operator to
turn on the current , and the wheezing
sound , n half groan , which forced Hsolf past
the tightly closed lips , sounded throughout
tlio chamber \vitu 11 ghastly distinctness.
Some of the witnesses turned ifwny from
the sight , One of them lay down faint and
slcir. It takes a long , long time to tell the
story. It seemed a life time reaching a cli
max.
4 Tiiicrniti.NT : os
In reality there were but thirteen seconds
In thu interval which elapsed between the
moment when the first sound Issued from
ICoimnler's lips until the response to the signal
came from the dynamo room. It came with
the suddenness that liud marked
the Ilrst shock which passed through Keinm-
ler'tt body. Tlio sound which had horrified
the listeners about thu chuir was cut on *
sharply as the body became more rigid. A
slimy ooze still dripped from the mouth and
ran down the beard and onto tlio gray vest ,
Twice tnero weio twitelilngs of the body
ai the electricians in the next room threw
the current oft and on. Thuic was to bo no
mistuko this tlmo about the killing. Tlio
dynamo was run up to its highest speed nnd
again n. current of U,000 volts was sent
through the body In the chair. ,
How iong it w'nakcpt Inaction noono knew.
To the excited group of men ubout the chair
it seemed an iiitcrimnublo life. The warden's
assistant , who stood over the dyimmo < , said
it was tm eo and a half minutes In all.
As the anxious group stood silently watch
ing the body there suddenly arose from It n
white vapor , bearing with it a sickening odor.
The body was burning. Apatu there were
cries to stop the current. The current was
stopped and the body again relaxed. There
was no doubt this tlmo that the current had
done its work , If not well , at least completely.
Lr. ) Fell , who stood at the side of the Asso
ciated press correspondent , said : "Well ,
there is no doubt about ono thing. The man
never suffered an iota of pain. "
After a consultation the physicians ex
pressed the sumo belief. There was a differ
ence of opinion , though , in regard to tlio
signs of roturaing consciousness. Eminent
cxx.'rt.s | lu attendance sa'd ' that whllo the
body w is still warm in the chair there were '
signs of returning animation ; that respira
tion for respiration they believe It to bo-
was growing stronger and that in time , if the
current had not been turned on again , ho
would have revived. Others and among
them Dr , Spitzka .stated with equal positive-
ness of conviction that the llrst shock killed
ICcinmler instantly.
THE AUTOPSr.
Before SJOn. : ! m. most of the doctors had
returned to the prison to prepare for the
autopsy. Tliu dead man still sat in the elec
tric chair , his limbs rigid and the expression
of tlio face , but for the decelerations
of the skin , unchanged. The rigor
of the body was a matter for
comment and surprise among tlio physicians.
The jaw had not fallen ana the pleasant ex
pression with which Kemmler had greeted
the witnesses ns ho entered the execution
room still lingered about his features. The
body was lifted fiom tlio chair and placed on
a table , It still preserved its rigidity. A
small wooden box was placed under the
head to support , it and the limbs
were straightened out as far as pos
sible. A removal of the clothing
revealed a scar nearly live Inches In diameter
where the second electrode hud pressed
against the base ot the spine , showing that
the current had burned through the flosh.
The body looked healthy and well nourished.
Ur. bhrady suggested the necessity of
making an investigation as formal as though
It was to bo taken fora criminal investiga
tion , and volunteered to act as secre
tary and take a report in short
hand. This was agreed upon and
tliu first step taken was to bind a clinical
thermometer to tlio nape of the nock nnd take
the temperature. The record demonstrated
that the man was dead beyond all tmestlon.
Then Dr. Jenkins took his surgeon's knife
and began operations. The uoJv was cut
open. The heart , lungs and other organs
were taken out ami their condition noted care
fully. They were all put In muellers lluld for
preservation nnd future examination. When
the oririuiH in thu trunk of the body hail been
examined carefully , tlio top of tlio skull was
removed and the bralu tak'-n out. This was
the most interesting feature of the examina
tion , ns the theory on which the claims of
greater humanity for this method of execu
tion ure based is the theory that the electric
current paralyzes the brain Instantly
nnd thus destroys all sensation
The nhvslclnns found evidence of the effect
of the current on the formation of the skull ,
on the blood nnd on the brain tissue directly
beneath the point of contact , which satisfied
them that paralysis of the brain was imme
diate.
THK DEADLY DV.VAM03.
The electrical apparatus at the prison was
purchased and set up In the prison under the
direction of Harold 1' , Urown of Is'ow York ,
an electrical ox pert employed by the state to
do this work , The appunitus was tested sev-
enil mouths ngo when a horse and a calf wore
put to death with It. In each case death was
instantaneous. The principal part of the ap
paratus , t'io machines for the gmierationof
the current , wow secured a good whllo ago ,
and wrro laid away waiting for the tlmo to
como to use thorn. Tliuy uro ordinary West-
Ingbouso dynamos for the generation of alter
nating cuirent.s , which experiments upon
dogs null other animals demonstrated to bo
peculiarly deadly In their effect. Probably
If the dynamos had not beeu secured a good
while ago there would luivo been some dlfll-
culty about getting them ut all , for the West-
Inshouso vompiiiy that makes them as bit
terly opposed to their being used for such a
purpose , and said when it was lint nnnouneod
that the alternating current had been decided
upon for use in executions that It would sell
no machines to the stato. Hut the dynamos
had ulready been secured ,
THE nuuii CIIAIII.
The death chair was a comfortable ono
with an upright back nnd adjustable arms. ,
There was a leather-covered pillow for the ,
head to rest against , fastened to the back I
was an adjustable frame which was lowered ,
so us to como doivo over the hend of the con
demned. The tcchulquo of the thing was
very simple. Through the lower outer angle
of the frame thcro was n hole , anil through '
this passed a rubber tube containing a rod of
steel to which n wet sponge was fastened.
This sponge touched the crown of the con-
dcmniU man's head. Another pipe , with
wobblng Inside , anil a sponge , passed up
through the scat so as totoueh the base of the
splno when ICemmlor was strapped
firmly in his scat. This was accomplished by
the use of several str.ipi , ono passing around
j ho chest , another around the abdomen ,
vhlch drew tlio webblni ; against the spine ,
vhlle the nrms were firmly strapped to those
f the chair. The feet rested on a conifer-
able foot-rest , after the fashion of these In
use In n barber shop.
TIIU ciyMB.
Keminlcr wits a rough , ignorant fellow , und
10 brought all of bis trouble upon himself by
lu excessive use of whisky. During his
rial several witnesses testified that he fre-
liiently absorbed us much as n quart ol
vhlihy In half an hoar , anil often made
vngers with Ids companions that iio could
lold nioro liquor than they wagers which
10 invariablv won.
Tillie SCeigler was a "partially divorced"
woman , nnd most of the testimony agreed
.bat on the whole she was a pretty bad spool-
non of womanhood. She and ICc'inmler went
.o Buffalo from Philadelphia. ICemmler had
been married before , and It is sald'i'illlo was
constantly harping upon the subject of his
former wife , which lingered the not very
equably tempered Kemmler. On the morn-
: ng of March 21) ) . IS * ! ) , probably stung by
something his mistress hud said to him )
ICcminlcr literally chopped the woman to
pieces with a rusty hatchet.
Ho maintained a brutal stolidity when ar
rested , and bis only remark was :
"Yes , I have done It , nnd I am willing to
take the rope for It. "
During the trial ICcinmler's lawyers en
deavored to prove that their client was in a
condition of besotted insanity at the time the
murder was committed , but owing to the
singular atroeiousnoss of the crime and the
man's coolness when arrested , this plea
availed not. Certain It is , however , that
when the man was jailed after the murder bis
nerves were at such a tension fromthocftects
of drink that In order to keep him quiet the
officers were obliged to furnish him liquor
until the strain relaxed ,
Kemmler was sentenced by Judge Henry
A. Childs nt Buffalo on May 14 , ISJsi ) .
Ho was removed to Auburn prison on May
2JI , ISbOand he has only boon outsidoof its
walls once that/ was when ho was taken to
Bulfuloto berebeutcnecd. As soon ns ICemm
ler bad been sentenced , his counsel , Charles
S. Hatch of Buffalo , prepared to carry the
case to the higher courts. In some way ho
got Bourke Cockrnn , the great Tammany
hall leader , Interested la the case , and the el
oquent Cocknin pleaded for ICemmler's life
In the general term and the court of appeals
Mr. Cockran iirgaed , nt great length , that the
law was unconstitutional because it provided
for cruel and unusual punishment. The
courts In every case , however , sustained tbo
law.
111S IIA lit IX TJIK
The Itcnsim That Kcmnilor AVns Not
Instantly Killed.
Afiifiix , X. Y. , August ( i. Kemmler liad
gone peacefully to sleep in the night and had
slept soundly and was snoring until n o'clock ,
when he was awakened by one of his guards.
Poster Houghton , who attended ICemmlcr ,
nnd Prison Chaplain Vutcs were
with him. They read to him from the bible
unit he prayed with them. Ho dressed him
self without aid in a sultof gray mixed goods.
His hair he combed nnd brushed with great
care. His shoes were well polished , and whllo
he mndo himself finally tidy the warden and
a tall stranger , who is u deputy marshal
in Buffalo , entered the cell. The warden
explained to ICemmlcr that ho must have the
top of his tiead shaved. The prisoner de
murred , Hu bad taken great pains in dress
ing bis hnlr , unit besides , ns ho explained
to the warden , ho did not want
to bo disfigured. ICemmlor's hair
is dark brown and wavy with
n hypcrion curl that fell on his forehead , and
of this lie was proud. In the shadow of
death his vanity asserted itself. His hair ,
however , was cut , out tbo curl was saved ,
and , as the seiiucl proved , with no good
result. The spot was two and one-
quarter by ono and one-quarter Inches in size
und was not shaven , but cropped fairly close.
Whllo this was proceeding tlio
witnesses examined tlio ehafr of
death. The belt was run by the dynamo
mid the incandescent test lamps In the nute-
chamber glowed faintly. The current was
on. A strange power was coursing , the dr
cult.
cult.i
i no evidence was mere , out now iceoiy
they burned. " Tims exclaimed Dr.
MaeDoiinId , who was the only one
who got into the ante-room , nnd that whllo
the ignorant warden's desire was to keep Its
secrets inviolate.
In response to Dr. MneDonnld's comment
Electrician Davis remarked that there was
"something wrong about the machinery down
there , " referring to the dynamo
and of the circuit. This remark
took pluco boforn the elcctncising ,
It Is well to remember , nnd was undoubtedly
ns truu a few minutes Inter , when the bolt
was applied to Keminlcr.
The condemned man , after having his hair
cut on top of his head , listened to the reading
of the warrant by the warden.
When the current was first turned
on ttio least unhappy of all
In the room was Dr. Kouthwlek of
Iluffnlo , the father of olcctricislng in capital
cases , and who has been studying and workIng -
Ing upon tlio subject since ISsl. "There , " he
explained , us he strode away from tbo chair
to tlio knot of witnesses at tlio other end of
the room , "there Is the culmination of ten
years work and study. Wo livu in a hlghnr
civilization from this day. "
But oven while ho spoke , a quick ,
sharp cvy went up from those yet closely
watching about the silent figure in the chair.
There had been n movement In the breast of
the man whom all believed had died ono mln-
ute and forty-seven seconds before.
The burrowing scenes attending the
second electrocution followed. The doctors
In general declared that the man from the
very first contact was beyond consciousness ,
and some thought the action which startled
all und sent the warden away with a white
face to order thu current renewed , was only a
reflex of the muscular action. Not
so with ono phybiciun , who declared
that ho would stake Ids name that ho could
bring ICemmler back to consciousness with
brat.dy hyperdcnnlcs ,
Meantiiao one of the witnesses , Jlr. O. ( . } .
Bain \Vii.shlngton , D. C. , bad fainted and
lay upon a bench , \ % hero ho was being
fanned.
When finally the electric mask was re
moved ICemmler's eyes wore found to bo half
closed and without thu glassy stare common
to eyes in death. The lids were lifted and
tesU of the pupils with a bright light were
made , There was no contraction of the pu
pils. Where the mask had pressed the fore
head there was n livid mark "the mark
of the law's righteous desecration. " The no-o
and the region of Its base wn ? of n deeply
livid hue. Purple spots soon began mottling
the hands , arms and neck and the doctors
said ho was surely dead.
Ono of the HutTalo doctors , seven minutes
after the straps were removed , cut the skin
at the temple for a microscopic specimen of
the dead man's blood. It was immediately
examined and found slightly coagu
lated. On tbo electrodes being withdrawn
from contact with the body a hulr adhered
to the rim of tbo upper disc. Drs. .MacDoiiuld
and Shrady examined the bend. They found
there was a deep circular Imprint on top of
the head made by the sharp pressure of the
electrode's rim. The spot where a tuft of
ICommler's hair had been cut off
just bcforo deatfi V'as found
to constitute not more than oho-thlrd nf the
area of contact with the electrode , and a close
examination disclosed that the edge of the
copper within the electrodes had slightly
burned the scalp just where the head ha j
been cut. Had not Kernnilcr'a desire to
avoid disfigurement by cutting off his
hulr prevailed the contact would
have been nioro perfect , the chances of iu <
stantancous death would luivo been greater
und possibly disfigurement , which ho dreaded ,
would have been avoided ,
As to the causes of the failure to kill I
ICemmlcr Instantly , there is snli by nil the )
physicians to bo no doubt that consciousness i '
was blrickcu lastwtly fro ,11 his i
brain. The fact that t > o was not instantlv
killed " is the result of improper contact or of
"nsuniclcnt voltage or pressure. The contact
, vus certainly not porfecl'nt the head , for two-
birds of the contact tvas upon the man's '
.hick , smoothly brushed fffifr , the clipped spot
iielng ono-thlrd of. the size of the electrode's
diameter.
Warden Durston says l.TOJ volts or
pressure of the current was first applied to
ICemmlcr. When questioned tonight by an
Associated press corniU > Oadent If twenty
incandescent lumps on thb circuit , to Indicate
the presence of a current were burning
when the bolt was discharged into
the murderer , ho stilted that they were.
They should not have teen.A moment be
fore switching the current into ICemmler tlio
test lamps should have been cut out. Each
lump consumes llfty volto , banco twenty took
1.000 volts nt once out of ho current scat to
Kemmler. That loft TOO to cause death.
The best authorities state
that fifteen pol
ecat of n current la stopped at the
points of contact and tlint eighty-live
is thus expended In the body.
Klgthv-llvo per cent of 700 volts not con
sumed by the test lamps is BO , ' ) volts of pres
sure. This Is not enough to surely kill a man
instantly with a good contact , and that of
today was not perfect. TbAWnrden savs all
was working right this nAifiig. though last
night nt midnight his appliances were
in such order that ho was not
certain whether thft execution would take
place today , oven though ho had summoned
his guests to the prison at nn o.irly hour this
morning. Warden Durston has been through
n terrlllc ordeal and the knavery of men has
been pressed upon him so much where ho
least expected , that , as ho says , ho scarcely
knows whether to trust himself.
The consensus of opinion among the wit
nesses hero today Is that not the slightest
doubt exists but that a human being may bo
Instantaneously killed byUOO ] volts applied
through u perfect contact nud continued
twenty seconds.
The body of ICemmler will doubtless bo dis
posed of tomorrow in tlio prison burying
ground ,
Elect Hun 1 Kxpcrt Ilroivn Talks.
ffLofisviLi.i : , ICy. , August 0 , "Keminlcr
was dead within n second nflcr the alternat
ing current was turned oa , " said Harold
Brown of New York to a Courier-Journal re
porter tonight. Ho is th man who , after the
New York legislature passed the law to exe
cute by electricity , made the experiments and
placed in position the deadly dynamo
at Auburn. When asked about
the execution Brown ald : "In regard to
ICommler's execution I Mill say that my ex
perience with nnitnals shows that ono
second's contact with nn alternating current
will prove instant fatal , hut that this cur
rent , before the expiration of twenty-live or
thirty seconds of muscular rigidity caused by
the passage of the , , current through
the muscles will ' 1 > o followed by
a corresponding relaxation , which may pro
duce a spasmodic expulsion of the breath and
attempts at respiration. If tue current is
kept on more than thirty seconds thcro Is no
movement whatever ol the muscles when
the current is cut ofT. ICemmler was killed
instantly and painlessly within the first
second'but us the currant was opened ( taken
off ) before thirty seconds had passed there
was a rollcx motion of ttio muscles , which
frightened some of the-attendants Into
thinking that bo was not dead. Tbo current
was applied a second tlmo and at once an ap
pearance was produced ort the face and bands
of the criminal , which showed beyond u
doubt that the first shock had killed him. "
"How do you account for the burns on
ICemmlor's body ! "
"It seems to me , " replied Brown , "that
thcro was not sullleleni moisture on the
electrodes. "
Opinion of a Chicago EIcctHcinn.
CIIICAOO , August O.-r ( Spoclal.Telegram to
THE Bic.l"Horrible , "lovrlblo1 ; was the
exclnnmtion'of ' Cltyplof-KH inn Barrett when
ho had finished reading' the account of ICcmin-
ler's execution.
"Do you think the man was unconscious ! '
was asked.
"ZS'o , I do not , "
"Homust have suffered , then ! "
"Suffered ( Why , that , man must have suf.
fered the tortures of the uamncd. It was the
most barbarous thing I ever heard of. "
"What reason havoyopfor thinking ho was
conscious ) "
"Tho best reason In the world. I know how
It is from experience. If all the medical ex
perts In the world were to tell mo that that
man did not suffer I would not believe it. I
bad occasion nt ono time to close
a line that was opened by
litrhtnini ? . Tn nttciTintitt o tn iln sn
I received a severe shook. In an Instant all
power of motion was taken away from mo. I
was as helpless as a corpse , and remained so
for nn hour till help came , Now , while I
was unnblo to move a masclo , I was as con
scious as I am right now. "
"Do you think It possible to make execu
tion by electricity n success ? "
"Certainly , so far ns the killing goes. While
I think it an outrage to use It for that pur
pose ono of the greatest elements for human
good God has given us , still It Is possible to
make it successful. In this case these who
had It in charge mnilo n horrible botch of tbo
whole business. What the ought to have dsno
is this : Measured ids resistance so they
could have told just how much it would tuke
to kill him. "
"Is it possible to do that with any degree of
accurucyi"
"ft Is , nnd bad they understood tholr busi
ness that is what would have been done. "
"Tho report says that-tho volt meter varied
between WO nnd 1.800 volts. "
"Don't you believe it That would
liava been sufticlout to hnvo killed
700 men and to have burned him to a crisp.
Thcro must have been some disarrangement
of the wire. "
"What effect do jou think It will have on
tbo adoption or reject lot : of this mode of execu
tion ! "
"I think the law will ultimately bo repealed.
There is not nn electrician in the country who
Is not opposed to It. Tlum there are too
many ways of taking life to run the chances
of causing such a horrible and barbarous
spectacle of butchery. "
A Doctor's ViewH.
AI.HANV , N. Y. , August 0. Dr. Lewis
Baleh of this city , executive olllccr of the
state board of health , who was ono of the-
witnesses at tbo execution of ICemmler , said
this evening : "I do not consider the failure
of the first shock to ICemmlor to cause death
is any proof that this method of execution is
not necessarily fatal , for from the llrst shock
thu prisoner was virtually dead , suffered no
pain and did not regain consciousness. I
think there should bo an electrician appointed
who would attend to all executions and have
charge of tlio electrical apparatus under the
supervision of an officer designated by law to
carry the sentence Into effect.
Conilomtittd by Now Vorkors.
Nuw YOIIK , August 0. The story of the
electrocution of ICemmlcr has been the talk
of the town today from'jho lltno of tbo cany
early morning "extra" editions. Tbo terri
ble details , told at great length in the papers ,
wore read with a shudder. The general con
census of opinion seems to bo that the cir
cumstances attending the execution of Keiiim-
lor by electricity are a sufficient condemnation
of this method of inflicting the capital penalty.
London Prows Comment.
LONDON' , August 0. rTho Chronicle , com
menting upon the killing of ICemmler uy
electricity , says the scene was worthy of the
darkest chumbors of tlio Inquisition In the
Sixteenth century.
The Tlmci says It would bo impossible to
Imagine n more revolting exhibition. It nil *
voeatos a loth.d chamber In preference to tlio
use of electricity.
The Standard says the scene can bo de
scribed us a disgrace- humanity. It will
send a thrill of imlfgnatlon throughout the
civilized woild. We can not bellovo Ameri
cans will allow tha electrical execution act to
stand.
CongrcKHinimllliind Kc/n > mliiatcil.
Jm'Kioox CITY , Mo. , Augiwt il. Hlchard
O , Bland was today renonlnat"d , by nla - [
nutlon for congress by the democrats of the I
Eleventh distr > r. I
THE BOORB3XS BOOH BOIES ,
Iowa Democrats Meet in State Convention at
Oedar Rapids.
A SHARP RAP FOR SPEAKER REED.
J'Vco C.'oliutgo Kavored and tlio Mo-
Ktnley Tin-Ill' and Lodne IMcotion
The
Cnmii HAi'tn ? , In. , August 0. Tlio demo
cratic1 state convention wns called to order nt
lOo'elock this forenoon by J. .1. Puiin , chnir-
mnii o * the state central committee. The fol
lowing1 tunparary ofllccwvcro selected :
Chairman , Old I ) . McFull o ( Mahnska county ;
secretary , Jolin Springer of .lohnson county ;
recording secretary , T. O. Walker of Mar
shall county. Chairman Dunn introduced
Temporary Chairman McFull , and that gou-
tleiium innitu u thirty ndnutu speech.
After thanking the convontlon for the
honor , lauding the democratic party nnd
Graver Cleveland mid condemning the course
pursued by the republican * , Mr. MoFull said :
"After n third of a century of dishonesty
nnd corruption hi state government the re
publican party of Iowa was unhorsed and
what was known ns the banner republican
stnto of the union In 1SHOvo huve tlio satis -
faction ot knowing is today governed by that
noble and patriotic democrat and statesman ,
Horace Boies. By the way , the.ro Is n har
mony of sound in those two names Cleve
land and Holes nnd a tiling no'.at all ob
jectionable to Iowa democrats hi IS'JJI '
"You meet today the representatives of u
party widen believes It is wrong to take from
ono citizen his hard-earned saving and give
them to his neighbor simply because Ills
neighbor is u inuiiufncturcr or a mllllonalro ;
n party which believes that In place of in
creasing war taxes they should bo dlmislied ;
n party which believes that the tnrliT Is a tax ;
a party which believes our government has
no right to take a cent from its citizens miles ; )
It is used in economically administering
the government ; a party which believes the
farmer of Iowa should till the soil with tin-
tiixod Implements , should build his home
with untnxcd materials and bo able to buy
tlic necessities of life without contributing to
the coffers of eastern monopolies ; a party
which believes that the Iowa corn grower is
entitled to as much eonsider.itIon as ttio
Pennsylvania steel manufacturer ; a party
which believes it to boa { also theory that you
( jin make yourself richer by taxation ; a pn'rt.v
which believes in the spirit pf freedom us
enunciated by our constitution and In giving
to the citizens the largest liberty consistent
with the good of the state ; a party which be
lieves our citizens should not bo penned like
cattle , but should ho allowed to eat and
drink wlien they ple.iso so long as they do
not interfere with good society. "
Mr. McFull then arraigned the republic-ail
party and ridiculed the platform adopted at
Sioux City as a meaningless conglomeration
of insipidity. He then closed ai follows : "If
you would succeed Inscribe on your banner
these principles which hiivo always been the
nrinoiples of democracy , place them In the
hands of true and tricii man men who have
the requisite courage and capacitv to bo
standard bearers in such a contest , then rally
unitedly , earnestly and bravely to their
defense. Do this and when the votes are
counted , SOURS of triumph nnd shouts .of vic
tory will not only gladden your hearts , but
will bring relief to u struggling , disuuusllcd
people. "
The convention then took mi adjournment
until 5 ; 'M p. in.
At thu afternoon session K. P. Phelpsof
Atlantic was ehosen permanent chairman ,
.tie addressed the meeting at sumo length. .
'lTho following committees were chosen :
? ยง On Credentials First district , George A.
Duncan , Dos Mollies ; Second , H. I ) . Hoi-
brook , JInrongo ; Third , K. II. Miillory ,
Franklin ; Fourth , J. Boomer , Ala-
mnkco ; Fifth. M. H. Jackson ,
Cedar ; Sixth , H. L. Morton , Poweshlek ;
Seventh , . ! . 1J. Martin. Story ; Eighth , W. L.
G. Tullnmn , Chirk ; Ninth , W. II. Anderson ,
Mills ; Tenth , Hon. J. ( ! . Wilson , Kossuth ;
Eleventh , C. S. Argo , Woodbury.
Permanent Organization and Itulcs First
district , O. J. Jamison , Louisa ; Scc. -
end , W. P. Swluart , Jackson ; Third ,
I. W. Baldwin. Dubuque : Fourth , Jolin
Killen , Clayton ; Fifth , \V. H. Hall , Jones ;
Sixth , .1. At. Davis , Davis ; Seventh , K. AV.
* -ti ) iiiki.L.ii4"n ' vtij * . w * --4. ii ij * - * t ivji
Ninth , Frank Bradley , AudubOn ; Tenth , J. )
N. Elder , Hancock ; Eleventh , T. W. Ward ,
' *
O'Brien.
On Uesolutlons-First district , Henry
Etcher , Washington ; .Second , George Me-
Donald , Scott ; Third , J. M. Johnson , Bro-
mcr ; Fourth , J. S. Hoot , Floyd ; Fifth ,
Byron Webster , Marshall ; Sixth , J. K.
Burgess , Wupello ; Seventh , R W. Liclimaii ,
Polk ; Eighth , S. L. Bestow , Lucas ; Ninth ,
D. A. Fan-ell , Pottawuttamio ; Tenth , J. I\ \ [ ,
Drees , Carroll ; Eleventh , W. H. Dent ,
Plymouth.
State Central CoiiunlUcc-Flrat district ,
Charles I ) . Fuller , Jcffetyon ; Second , Sam
Cohn , Muocutinc ; Third , J. J. Dunn ,
Dubuque ; Fourth , M. .T. Carter , AViunesheik ;
Fifth , John Buuin , Beaten ; Sixth , .1. 13 ,
SCWOM , Mahiiska ; Seventh , E. II. Ilunter ,
Polk ; Eighth , W. E. Lewis , Lue.is ; Ninth ,
F. H. Leo , Montgomery ; Tenth , Jamej Tay
lor , ICossonth ; Eleventh , A. Van Wagoner ,
Lynn.
Tbo committee on resolutions then reported
the following platform , wiilch was unani
mously adopted :
"Wo congratulate the people of Iowa oa
the election of Governor Boies , nnd heartily
approve the wisdom , justice and coin-ago with
which ho has administered his high oillce ;
und wo commend the action ot the
democratic members of the Twcuty-
thlrd general assembly for their
faithful effoits to redeem their pledges fur
the enactment into law of the Australian
ballot bill , the pharmacy bill , and other
measures demanded for tlio public welfare.
" \Vo denounce tlio republicans In congress
for their submission to and Support of
HpoaKer Heed in his arbitrary suppression of
frco speech and absolute control of the courao
of legislation.
"Wo declare our continued adherence to
the principle of railroad control , as expressed
in the laws of the state and general govern
ment , and wo fnvo > - such changes as oxporl-
cncomay show necessary to maintain just
arid equitable relations between carriers and
shippers.
"Woagain acknowledge the great debt of
gratitude the nation owes to the soldiers and
sailors of the United States , and wo declare
in fuvnr of just , liberal and equitable ] > misloti
laws for all Invalid and dependent soldiew
and sailors.
" \Voreaftlrm the
policy respecting the con
trol of the trufilo la intoxicating liquors set
forth in this democratic state plat form of las ?
and approved by the psoplo of that your , an , ]
wo are la favor of such legislation , state nnd
national , us may bo necessary to carrj thai
policy into effect.
/\voaro In favor of a tariff for revenue
only a tariff reduced to the lowest rate
consistent with the needs of an economic ; !
administration of the government. Liquor ,
tobacco and all luxuries should bo made tc
bear as fur as possible the burdens of taxa
tion , and the necessaries of life should so far
as possible bo relieved , Wo oppose the Mc-
Klnley bill ns nn abuse of thu taxing powe ;
in favor of wealthy corporations/- pools nni
trusts , by which our manufacturlnc inter
ests nro so largely controlled
It especially discriminates against
the agrleultur.il Interests of the country by
compelling tin * farmer to buy what ho needs
and sell what ho produces In n monopolized
market. Wo are In favor of commercial reel
prncltynot alone with the Spanish states of
South America , but ns well with other comi
tries whoso markets are open to our products
"Wo demand the frco coinage Of silver , am
that It may bo made n legal louder for ul
debts , public and private , und denounce ai
unjust and dishonest the provision of the law
recently enacted allowing parties to ntlpulatn
against payment li ( silver and silver ccrtlll
catos , setting up ono Utindurd of values for
the creditor und another for th < S debtor ; ono
for the poor man and another for the rich
man.
man.Tho election bill passed by thg lower house
feongrd sa menace to the freedom and
mrlty of 7 ; ilectlous. It places the tre.uury
f the Un\ \ _ _ States at the disposal of tlio
Mirly In j - . . r. It enables the mnimgors
f that \ ty to employ as largo
force \ It deems necessary
o carry on \ " . vorkof its campaign , and to
o this inuiu " . 10 pretense of supervising
lections , u treys till tlio responsibility
if the govern t to the people by vesting
ts enormous 'vers In nillccrs holding
> y nppolntn and for life. Wo
Kjlicvo that til iplcofthu uu-lous locall-
ieseau bo snfn rusted to conduct their
> wn elections , i\ .hat ilu * power of congress
o deterinluo the < | UallllcUlons for thu elec-
loii nnd return of Us members Is sufficient
or protection for local abuses , "
\\IIHnni II. Chamberlain , a dry goods tuor-
hant of Independence , nnd u member of
lie lit roe hist legislature ! , was nominated for
fcivtarv of state on the second ballot.
II. L.Whltoof Wayne county for treasurer ,
> y aivliimatiaii.
GeorgoS.VIttoisof Ida couhty for auditor
n the .second ballot.
1' . H. Wolf of Clinton comity for judge of
he supreme court , on the second ballot.
Peter A. Doy was rononitttntcd by ucclnma-
Ion for railroad commissioner.
Theodore \V. Ivory of Mills county for su-
Hvmo court reporter.
Governor Boles , who IsliiRpectlngthu First ,
egliiKMitenmp here , honored the convent Ion
vith his presence and made a few remarks ,
le was enthusiastically welcomed ,
t at Waterloo.
WATKIII.OO , In. , August 0. [ Special Tolo-
'i-nm to Tin : HII : : . | The coroner's inquest
vhlch was helil today in Cedar Falls over the
> ody of 1) . M. .loned , resulted In the verdict
hat ho came to his death by n shot felon-
ously fired by Deputy Marshal Stingloy.
'his verdict was endorsed by the majority of
itbcns , but ( iiiitoa number of the friends of
Stingloy claim that all the story
vns not brought out , anil that the verdict .was
00 severe. There are crowds on the street
onlfiht discussing the nlT.iir , and great evcite-
ncnt prevails throughout thc > town ami
Iclnlty of the dead man's home. Loud
hrcats of lynching uro heard on every hand.
\tthlshourtho excitement. I't Intense , nnd
inless tlio crowds disperse fears are enter-
allied that violence will l > o done
> oforo morning. The prisoner was taken to
. 'eilar Falls by the sheriff this morning , but
yas brought Ijiiok thin afternoon. Ho seems
6 bo In a nervous state ol apprehension , lie'
lad no Idea that the verdict would be ai
novero as It proved , and manifested a spirit
) f almost indlirereneo over the matter
mmediately after the shooting. In-
sicad of ascertaining where his shots
tad taken ofTe.'t , bo began searching for bis
billy , which hud rolled away durlii' . ' the
skirmish , Miller , who was shot twice by
Stiagley , may recover.
Crushed by a Corn Sliellor.
AMIN , In. , August ti. [ Special Telegram to
1'ilE Br.r.l While at play in the b.irn yes-
onlay the little daughter of Lewis ,1 nines , a
'armor living four miles west of hen ) , pulled
1 corn shelter upon herself ana was instantly
tilled.
HIsi injuries Proved Fnl-il.
F.uimiMi > , la. , August ( ) . [ Special Tele
gram to Tin : Bui : . ] John Heed , a Hock
Island brakemau , died here today from in-
lUrles received by falling from u car Monday
md being horribly mangled. He lived at
Eldon uliil was making his second trip.
KtrloUon With Paralysis.
HII : > OAK , la. , August 0. [ Special Tele-
fl'am toT'ni : 15ii : , | J. W. Cliuce , for year : ! a
ea < Jlng grain dealer here , was stricken with
j > aralyss ! toiluy. Ills physlciilns say ho can
not recover.
A Conductor Killed.
Ixuirnxnixcc : : , In. , August ( ) . [ Spoci.il
I'clcgrum , * o Tin : BIB. : ] Whllu loading a
car of piling at Jesnnp , Freight Conductor
Mnlono was thrown to the ground by a fallIng - '
Ing log , and his head ba.lly crushed. Ho died
this morning at S o'clock.
JJIji Money in Clilucso
Bi'i-TAi.o , N. Y , . August ( i. [ Special Tele
gram to Tin : Hr.r..j There seems to bo a
gang of men on thu Canadian side who maku
a business of rowing Chlnamon over the
river to the American sido. LOJ Name and
Lee Sing , two Chinese boys , were arrested
bv tbo otlloers before they had boon In the
United States leu minutes. Judging from
the rate charged for Importations , it must bo
u profitable business. They were rowed over
from near Victoria and landed under cover of
fliiflriKMq. The NTniKTnllmis < ; iv Himnilil
the- man who rowed them over $ " > . They came
by way of British Columbia and were evi
dently destined for Boston. This seems to
ba the regular shipping point for Chinamen ,
nnd it Is sail many are being smuggled into
the United SJutos daily ,
Insurrul Aff.il.ist Foul Play.
[ Cojrfif > / ; ? lBOtli jiim - > ( l.mlnn Itemi'tt , }
LONIIOS , August 0. [ New York Horall
Cable-Specialty TUB BKB. ] Mr. IT. Crieh-
ton Temple , of the Ornnndo club , sout tin
following letter to Itieh irJ 1C. Fox regard In ;
the McAullfTo-Slavln fight :
Sm : I herewith hand you check
payable to your order for i'.VlO , which sum I
agree to forfeit to Joe MuAullflti on the event
of his bslng robbed of a favorable verdict
owing to foul play In his match with Slavlu ,
such definition of foul pt.iy to bo loft to your
self to decide. "
I saw Mr. Fox regarding the above com
munication and ho Rho\vc"l mo the check In
question , o that tlioro is no doubt about the
genuineness of the contest. Mr. Fox said :
"You know this 'VW w.ii to bo deposited
with Lord LouaJ'ilo. i a in much flattorjd at
their Imvlm ; preferred mo to him umHvill do
everything in my power to uoj that the prUo
and the championship b"lt are awarded to
the man who has honestly won , "
A Soldier's l.ii < -ly Windfall.
ATCIIHDV , Kan. , Atisuit ( i. [ Special Tele
gram to Tin : BKI : . ] Thomas F. Williams ,
who was a second lieutenant In a ICansas
regiment , has just recuivcd notice that a
special act bus jint beun passed In Ids behalf
by which bo will gi-t S'JO.W ) ; ! . Williams was
wounded tit Wilson's civck in 1M1. ! ; lieing in
longer lit for active duty ho was discharged
By some overnight the regimental officers
did not muster him out , which formality onlj
took plitoo a vonr ago.
IIo applied for pay from 18't ! : until ISOi ) am
there being no law covering tbeeaseiiHpecla
act was passed. The story seems incredible
but Williams Is a reputable man. < ! oed mm
vouch for Ids. Integrity. Williams Is already
on tbo pension roll ut $72 a month.
The Weather Forecast ,
For Oinnlm and vicinity Showers , fol
lowed by fair ; stationary temperature.
For Nebraska Fair ; southerly winds
stationary temperature1 , except hi northeas
portion ; warmer.
For Iowa - Shower * lu eastern , fair ii
western portion ; southerly winds ; slightly
warmer in northern , stationary tciimor.uuri
, ln southern portion.
I''or . South Dakota -Fair ; cooler In western
stationary temperature in western portion
southwesterly winds ,
Ki-Mtrciycd a Itullroail ,
SIUNOII.U , August ( I. [ Special Cablegram
to TIIK B : .J A mob of soldiers combined
with the peasantry and destroyed the rail
road to Liitiu on tbo protcnsa that the roai
caused the roccnt Hoods In the I'ei Hi river
The government remained pnssiv'o.muhlmj n
effort to stop the work of destruction.
A Commercial Treaty.
ST. F'imiiMiit'KO , August ( ( . [ Special Cable
gram to TIIK Bin : . ] The ameer of Afghanis
tan has sent an embassy to Kustla for th
purjioso ot concluding a commercial treat
between the two conn trios.
( iinfiMiiftlun ItnvnliitlnniHlN 1) IVnleil.
Cur OK Mnxiro , August ( ) . Ountemiil an
revolutionists , numbering ! 1OJO , were d > -
fcatcd Monday by the Ountomahms under
General Barillas , brother of the mvildcnt
A dispatch from Lu Llbertad says Honduras
Is fivli. Guaicmula moral support , ,
FIFTEEN THOUSAND PEOPLE ,
Fully That Number Witness tbo
Eattlo nt Gamp Lincoln ,
GUNS KEEP UP A CONTINUAL rIRINQ ,
Al'lcrtitncroiiH A * > multM and Itclr n(3
( lit ; ( uurdiMl Spot IM ( 'iiptiiri-il
anil ( hi ! I'll ' Inn King Waves
Tiltiniphantly.
CvMi'LiNroi.v , Sri'iniion , Nob. , August 0.
[ Special Telonrani to Tin : Bir. : | It is the
third day of thn Inter-state encampment at
Superior and the veterans and spectators still
continue to arrive. His just a quarter of a
century since the northern forces were dl.s-
buidoil and the triumphant volunteer re
turned to his homo and hh family But )
this quarter of u century 1ms worked griaO
changes. Then the majority of the disbanded
companies wetv In the prlmo of manhood.
Now there are few whoso hair does not show
the silvery s'iviks of n e. Many are the
lame and the halt ami the blind. ( . 'nttchcs
nro frequent , many a out sleeve hangs !
empty at the side. All these chvumst unrcH
nro vividly portrayed nt this onenmpuii'iit iu
one watches the little knots of veterans gath
ered together in conversation nnd welcoming
each new-comer.
It Is entertaining If not actually umiislneto
Inspect the vehicles by which tliei'iinipcrsuro
brought In. Almost wry cralt which sails
the land has been pressed Into tbo service.
Thn hay \vngon , the emigrant coach with Its
arched top or white ranviis , ntten patched
above with old but picturesque oilcloth , the
top bui'iry , the open wagon , with sprliiKsnnd
without springs-all can bo seen. Hiich Is
tilled to overllowlng with camping titcnulla oi
every description. Trunks mid blunkits ,
eatables , bandboxe.-t and .stoves are minuted
in dlhumerly profimlon.
As soon as camp is readied and n tent ob
tained cadi piecuof baggage reaches its proper
place. The female mnmborsi of the family
arrange the quarters whllo the ntlu-rs nro
sent to fetch wood mid water. The horses
are picketed north of the camp just under the
sheltering blulT.
It Is different with the companies of the
national guard who tire doing service hero.
They are compelled to pitch their own teats
before quarters can bo hud. STaio arriving
Into lust evening even preferred to sleep hi
the open air rather than exercise thomscn ea
too vigorously at the outset. There nro now.
six companies in camp , as follows : Company
0 , Fourth regiment. Kansas National guardn ,
Minneapolis. ICnu , Lieutenant Mi-1'lier.sou lit
command ; Company D , Second regiment ,
Nebraska National guards , Falrbury , Neb. .
L'aptaln Itoasty ; Company ( ! , First
regiment , Nebraska National guards , ( ietiova ,
Neb. , Captain ( Ji-orgo Scott ; Battery B ,
Kansas National guards , Topeka , Kan. , Lieu
tenant Mclntnsli lu command : Bntallon A ,
Nebraska National guards , Captain C. B.
Murdoch. Besides these , there is a Juvenllo
company from lied Cloud , comprising boys
under twelve years of ago. The roster num
bers twenty-four when ranhs nro full , but no
more than half that mini tier bus comu tn the
reunion. Master Horace Bpanogle Is captain
of tlio delegation. A similar organization
exists in Superior and is known us the Super
ior light guimls. About thirty boyn Imvo
been uniformed in blue flannel , decorated
with red sashes , furnished with guns , and
drilled to the manual. Muster C. K. Adams ,
jr. , Ii In command. This organization was
formed four years ago and us soon as the
members become too large , they are relegated
to private life , whllo young men nrq onlislcdi
The Superior light guards claim to bo the
best drilled Juvenllo company In Nebraska.
A new attraction has been added to tbo
multitude of ramp-following entertain
ments. A white man who has bhicked his
face mils his head through a hole in the
center of a large canvas and allows spcoUi-
tors to throw eggs at his cranium , nt a ills ,
lance of about fifteca yards , for the Miuill
price of ten cents for three throws. In vluw
of the recent egging episode nt , Florence the
writer thought it of sunicieut moment to
Interview lids man.
"Why , It don't hurt nt all , " said he , "J.
have been In the business for
about four years , nnd the general
tnili1t/i Uf.Mmn 111 * fri.t nffonm. ll.tni , , . , , It ,
tluvu trials , To bo expert in the business ouo
must watch the -c'ggs carefully and iiodgo
whenever necessary. I am never hit except
on the hut which I wear. .3Tubody luitit fool
would allow the igg to s'triko him in tbo
face. "
Sunrise this morning was greeted by ona
gun.
gun.Tlio
Tlio exercises opened early with company
J drills and Inspection of arms on the part of
ttio ' visltimr soldiers. AttSiitU thu nion pro
ceeded to the commander's ' quarters to iiiv
swor to roll call ,
Colonel Lar/elere , Fourth regiment , 1C. N ,
( i. , has been placed la command of thocumn
for the day , with Lieutenant MelCeii/o ! ,
Fourth regiment , K. N. 0. , us his adjutant.
The assembled mult itudu gathered around ,
the speaker' * stand at HiO ) : ! o'clock to listcu ,
to speeches by CSt'iieiiil A. V. Cole , Lewis
Hanbacknnd lion. James Hull , mayor of
Downs. Kan. The exercises were proivdcd
by prayer and musle by tlio Geneva and Uus
kin military bauds. After dinner .short
speeches were resumed for a tlmo. In the
afternoon a tremendous crowd gathered to
see the hliam battle. The sky was cloudless.
but thn heat was apprc.sslvo and dust Illicit
the air. H was estimated that over fifteen
thousand people were present , of which somd
eight hundred registered as members of tha
Grand Army of the Republic.
At ! < o'clock the Wyinoro battery nnd the
Geneva company of Nebraska national
guards , under command of CScncrtilA. V.
Cole , ascended tbo lull nt the north of the
low lying plain west of Camp Lincoln and
unilmbutva tlmlr guns Tlio other
companies from Nelson , Nob. , Minneapolis ,
Kan. , Tupctttti , Kuti. . and Falrbnry , Neb , ,
drew up on the plain below under directions
of Colonel Lniv.olcre. The veterans , utidctf
Major Samuel Church , formed a separata
corps to net as auxiliaries.
After picket the military manouvros began.
while thn mills nn thu hill kept upu continual
tiring. The skirmish line prussrJ forward
supported by the other troops and volunteers ;
Suddenly the order for the charge wr.s given
and all started to storm the hill on the run ,
After Intiissaiit firing and numerous retre.Us
thu hill was taken and the union flag placed
triumphantly on Its summit. Tims thonhmu
battlii ended and the crowd dispersed ,
At 7 o'clock the militia guvo a dress puriulo
und wore Inspected by the commanding oill-
ccr. The evening was devoted to stories
around the camp lire. The old mmgs
echoed ngidn and the bunds furn
ished enlivening music. "A display of
lire works at U o'clock attracted wide iittcn *
tlon.
tlon.A
A largo delegation from Kansas included
Hon. .lames Hu IT , mayor of Downs , Hon.
Harry Hoot of the Atcblson Champion. Hon.
( } . T. Dailies and W. II. Leigh of Itopubllcart
City. Hon. John A. Dempster and Itov 0.
II. Moulton of ( Jcnovnnro also here and will
return again tomorrow.
A few potty accidents have resulted from
careless handling of guns.
Tomorrow's programme begins with a
parade of Kaiioauaiid Nebraska troops , grand
army and sons of veterans from camp to the
city unit return at ! l o'clock. Speeches will
then bo In order bv Senator ,1. ,1 Ingalls.
General C. H. VaiiWyck , Colonel T. f.
Majors , Colonel 1) . It. Anthony , lleni-ml J. 0.
McBrldP nnd Colonel D , it. Stover. /
The prize drill will tuko nlacnttt Uo'clockr ,
mm the evening will ho given up to cumt )
fires ,
A number of Missouri PaelfU'olllPlal oninA .
In today , among them J. O Forester of AtchlV
hOii , 10. B. Calvin , Cancordia , and George H. <
norrlngtoii , Omaha. Captain Joe Kmltli ,
blicrilf of Ottawa county , Kan. , Is uho herd ,
Cholera In MctM.'n ,
MKITA , August 0.Ono him7lf > < l und
thirty-live deaths occurred yesterday from
i-lioU'-r.v In this ilty.

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